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Summary

  1. Edin Dzeko joins Roma on season-long loan
  2. FA to invest £260m into grassroots football
  3. Martyn Rooney GB captain at European Athletics Championships
  4. Mo Farah to run in Great North Run
  5. Luis Suarez on shortlist for Uefa's Best Player in Europe award
  6. Get involved: Sporting myths #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman & Saj Chowdhury and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Well that's pretty much it from Sportsday today - thanks for all your messages.

    But you can still catch the close of play in the Women's Ashes Test over here if you're quick. 

    It's not been a good day for England though...

    See you again bright and early tomorrow, from 08:00 BST. 

  2. Shaqiri setting Stoke records

    Football

    In case you missed it earlier, Xherdan Shaqiri shirts have been flying off the pegs at Stoke City since his £12m transfer from Inter Milan. 

    His is the fastest selling shirt in the club's history - and earlier on I plumped for Bojan as being the likely number two. 

    Now I'm having second thoughts. 

    What about Rory Delap? Michael Duberry? Or how many would Stanley Matthews have sold now? 

    Shaqiri

    Mark Hughes looks pleased as punch in that photo.

  3. Who's the best in Europe?

    Football

    SMS Message: Not many current Premier League players on the Uefa list (see 18:10) Maybe just the best marketed league in the world? from Guy Cochrane, Glasgow
    Guy Cochrane, Glasgow

    Just the three in  Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic as far as I can see. Could well be something in that, Guy...

  4. Sporting birthdays

    Football

    Ah Mario, where have you gone? Will you ever come back?

  5. Aranguiz set for Leverkusen

    Football

    Has your club been linked to Chile international midfielder Charles Aranguiz this summer? 

    If so you can stand down - here he is arriving in Germany this afternoon. Unless you're a Bayer Leverkusen fan that is...

    The 26-year-old is set to sign for the Bundesliga club, German paper Bild are reporting.

  6. South Africa coach 'does not look at colour'

    Rugby Union

    South Africa

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says that his team is behind him, despite accusations he is not picking enough black players.

    Peter de Villiers, the Springboks' only black boss to date, accused Meyer of taking the country "back to the late '80s"  with his team selection for Saturday's shock defeat by Argentina.

    Meyer's starting XV included one mixed-race player and one who is black.

    "I don't look at colour, I look at the best players," he said.

  7. Wales to fall at first hurdle?

    Rugby Union

    England v Wales

    Former England World Cup-winner Will Greenwood believes Wales will not progress from their World Cup group.

    Wales will face England and Australia in Twickenham in Group A, with the top two making it into the quarter-finals.

    Greenwood, who won the Cup in 2003, says home advantage will be a deciding factor in England's favour and Australia will be too strong for Wales.

    "I really don't think people can underestimate Twickenham," Greenwood told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

    He does though, think that England will make at least the semi-finals...

  8. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    There are still about 20 overs left of the day's play in Canterbury but are England even going to last that long? 

    Laura Marsh is the latest to fall as the home side continue to suffer - they are now 129-8, 145 runs behind Australia's first-innings total with just two wickets left...

    You can follow live text commentary on that one here. 

    Alison Mitchell
  9. Carneiro "harshly treated" by Mourinho

    Football

    Eva Carneiro

    Colleagues of Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro say she "has been treated harshly" after criticism from boss Jose Mourinho for being "naive".

    Carneiro, 41, treated injured Eden Hazard in the final minutes ofChelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea.

    It meant the player had to go off the pitch, leaving Chelsea with nine men following Thibaut Courtois's red card.

    Carneiro looks set to lose her place on the bench for the next Premier League match against Manchester City.

    Former City physio Eamonn Salmon, now chief executive of the Football Medical Association (FMA)  which represents professional medical staff in the sport, said Carneiro and first-team physio Jon Fearn's had "conducted themselves with integrity and professionalism".

  10. Who's the best in Europe?

    Football

    And here's the unlucky souls who got a vote but didn't quite make the top 10.

    You might spot a familiar name in 19...

    11 Arjen Robben (NED – Bayern München)

    12 Manuel Neuer ( GER – Bayern München)

    13 Carlos Bacca (COL – Sevilla, now AC Milan)

    14= Andres Iniesta (ESP – Barcelona)

    14= Alvaro Morata (ESP – Juventus)

    14= Thomas Muller (GER – Bayern München)

    17 Kevin De Bruyne (BEL – Wolfsburg)

    18 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE – Paris Saint-Germain)

    19= Gareth Bale (WAL – Real Madrid)

    19= Andre-Pierre Gignac (FRA – Olympique Marseille, now Tigres UNAL)

    Gareth Bale

    21= Robert Lewandowski (POL – Bayern München)

    21= Ivan Rakitic (CRO – Barcelona)

    23= Jerome Boateng (GER – Bayern München)

    23= Xavi Hernandez (ESP – Barcelona, now al-Sadd SC)

    23= Jackson Martínez (COL – FC Porto, now Atlético Madrid)

    23= Javier Mascherano (ARG – Barcelona)

    23= Alexis Sánchez (CHI – Arsenal)

    28= Giorgio Chiellini (ITA – Juventus)

    28= Roberto Firmino (BRA – TSG Hoffenheim, now Liverpool)

    28= Nemanja Matic (SRB – Chelsea)

    28= Arkadiusz Milik (POL – Ajax)

    28= Nicolas Otamendi (ARG – Valencia)

    28= Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid)

    28= Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER – Barcelona)

    28= Arda Turan (TUR – Atlético Madrid, now Barcelona) 

    Fair play to whoever voted for Ajax's 21-year-old Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik - naturally I've seen him and he's different class... 

    Milik
  11. Who's the best in Europe?

    Football

    Paul Pogba

    The Uefa website doesn't make it totally clear, but I'm assuming the amount of points each player has means the number of votes they got from the 54 suits. 

    4 Gianluigi Buffon (Italy – Juventus) 24 points

    5 Neymar (Brazil – Barcelona) 23

    6 Eden Hazard (Belgium – Chelsea) 21

    7 Andrea Pirlo (Italy – Juventus) 12

    8 Arturo Vidal (Chile – Juventus, now Bayern München) 11

    9 Carlos Tévez (Argentina – Juventus, now Boca Juniors) 8

    10 Paul Pogba (France – Juventus) 5 

    More votes for Buffon than for Neymar? Really? 

  12. Who's the best in Europe?

    Football

    Luis Suarez

    Earlier we brought you the news that Barcelona's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is on a three-man shortlist for Uefa's Best Player in Europe award for 2014-15 (that's last season).

    Suarez will be up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

    The same 54-member panel who voted for nominees picks a winner on 27 August at the Champions League group draw in Monaco.

    Where was Gareth Bale? 

    Here's a quick look at the players who just missed out on the top three...

  13. Brighton sign defender Hunemeier

    Football

    Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of defender Uwe Hunemeier from German Bundesliga 2 side Paderborn for an undisclosed fee.

    The 29-year-old centre-back has agreed a three-year contract with the Championship club.

  14. The NFL "sucker-punch"

    American Football

    A quarterback for the New York Jets will not be able to play for at least six weeks after a team-mate "sucker-punched" him and broke his jaw.

    Geno Smith and linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali got into an altercation inside the locker room on Tuesday, Jets Coach Todd Bowles said.

    "It had nothing to do with football," Bowles said of the fight. "It was something very childish."

    Enemkpali, a relative newcomer, lost his job after landing the punch.

    "You don't walk up to another man and punch him in the face," Bowles said.

    Quite right you are, Todd. 

    Geno Smith
  15. Shaqiri speaks

    Football

    Shaqiri

    Xherdan Shaqiri has been speaking about his £12m move to Stoke City. 

    "I am really happy to be here and I can't wait to meet my new team-mates, to go on the pitch and do what I love. 

    "It was always my dream to play in the Premier League and I am absolutely sure that I have made the right move. 

    "It was for me a perfect position to come here and work with Mark Hughes, a great coach. I want to help the club to grow."

    In case you missed it the other day here's an absolute peach of a true fact: 

    Shaqiriwillbecome the first player to have scored a World Cup hat-trick and play in the Premier League.

  16. Home-grown numbers "not bad"

    Football

    England team

    The number of home-grown players used in the Premier League last season was "not bad" but there is room for improvement, says Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn.

    Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, said recently  that English players in the top flight are an "endangered species".

    Just 33.2% of the players who started games on the opening weekend were English, down from 35% last season.

    "The 35% is not a bad number per se, just lower than Germany," said Glenn.

    Almost 50% of starters in the Bundesliga last season were German, with Spain, France and Italy boasting figures  of 58%, 56% and 43% respectively.

  17. Shaqiri shirts selling fast

    Football

    They're flying off the hangers in the Potteries. 

    Replicas of Xherdan Shaqiri's Stoke shirt have become the fastest selling in the club's history.

    I wonder who the second highest is? Bojan?

    Shaqiri
  18. Dzeko joins Roma on loan

    Football

    It would be interesting to know what those "certain conditions" are exactly, but Roma are being equally cryptic. 

    They say they're paying £2.8m for the loan fee, and can buy the Bosnian striker for a further £7.8m at the end of the season. 

    But they also say that deal is dependent on "certain conditions". 

    Like scoring loads of goals, I guess? 

  19. BreakingDzeko joins Roma on loan

    Football

    Edin Dzeko

    We've been expecting this one for quite some time but it's finally confirmed: Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko joins Serie A club Roma. 

    City say the deal is for a season-long loan, leading to a permanent transfer "if certain conditions are met".

  20. Sunderland's Johnson out for two months

    Football

    Adam Jonson

    Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is ruled out for up to eight weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in training. 

    Manager Dick Advocaat said: “Adam will go to the hospital for a scan tonight and then we will know exactly what is wrong.

    “It is a serious injury and it will be at least eight weeks.”

  21. Everton closing on Holgate signing

    Football

    Mason Holgate

    Everton are close to completing the signing of Barnsley defender Mason Holgate.

    BBC Radio Sheffield understands the Toffees are hopeful of signing the 18-year-old before the weekend.

    Bournemouth, Manchester United and Newcastle have all been linked with moves for the player this summer.

    If Holgate does make the move to Goodison Park, he would link up with former Tykes academy graduate John Stones, who joined the Premier League side from Barnsley in February 2013.

  22. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    England have managed something of a stand over in Canterbury after slumping to 61-4 earlier this afternoon. 

    With Lydia Greenway (14) and Natalie Sciver (0) at the crease the hosts have now reached 85 - 189 runs short of Australia's first-innings total. 

    You can follow that one here.

  23. Njie 'close to Tottenham move'

    Football

    Clinton Njie

    Lyon are close to reaching an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Cameroon striker Clinton Njie to the London side, says the French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas.

    "We are close to an agreement but there's no urgency for us," he told French radio RMC.

    "We want to complete our own signings first... but I thank [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy for making an offer that we now regard as consistent," he added.

    Consistent - that's a new one for me.

  24. Nine-year-old girl wins big on the pools

    Football

    Montpellier v Angers

    She's really more of a tennis fan but a nine-year-old girl still managed to win £14,000 for her family playing the French football pools this weekend. 

    Lucie, from Montpellier in the south of France, said she was even a little bit embarrassed to have put her home team down for a defeat to Angers - but she got that one spot on to make 12 out of 15 predictions. 

    "Even if I score goals when I play with my dad I don't ever watch football on the TV," she told French paper Midi Libre. 

    And her dad's reply? "Thanks to her, we're going to have a very good holiday."

  25. 'Keep trying - I've got all night'

    Football

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche refused to comment on speculation linking the Clarets with a move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury - despite the best efforts of a BBC reporter.

    Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi denied that a £4m offer by Burnley had been accepted.

    When pressed for an answer to a question about Lansbury, Dyche - whose side had just been beaten by Port Vale in the League Cup - said: "Keep trying. I've got all night, I don't mind - it's a nice mild night so I'm happy to just wait it out."

    Listen to the interview here.

  26. Flugelflitzer - life in the fast lane

    Football

    Borussia fans

    We're often told how brilliant German football grounds are. 

    It's the atmosphere, the price of the tickets that's the attraction, and I'm guessing for quite a few of you out there, the beer. 

    If you like your beverages cold and fast, we've got some big news: Borussia Dortmund are introducing new express lanes where only beer is served.  

    The 'Flugelflitzer' will "take the strain off food stands and reduce waiting times", the club say - and is just one of many changes made to the Westfalenstadion for the coming Bundesliga season.  

  27. Suarez makes Uefa award top three

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez
    Image caption: (left to right) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

    Barcelona's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is on a three-man shortlist for Uefa's Best Player in Europe award for 2014-15.

    Team-mate and fellow forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo are the other two players.

  28. Rousey challenges Mayweather

    Boxing

    Ronda Rousey

    UFC female bantamweight champion Rondy Rousey says she would defeat former five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in a no-rules fight.

    In a Reddit Q&A, who was also in the film The Expendables 3, said: "Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time. He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don't get into 'matches'.

    "I fight for a living. In a no rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said ruleless fight, and that's my honest answer."

  29. Your sporting myths

    Join the conversation at #bbcsportsday

    Steven Gerrard

    Today we're asking: What sporting myths have you heard of? Are they rubbish or is there some element of truth to them? 

    Chris Johnson: That Steven Gerrard is anything other than a slightly above average Premier League midfielder.

    Glyn Smith: It is interesting to see how many of your footballing myth comments are thinly veiled trolling. Biggest myth = sportsmanship.

    Euan Broderick: That Ronaldo is better than Messi. Yes, I did just go there.

    Other global superstar footballers are available. 

    Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. Schweinsteiger speaks

    Football

    Where do you stand on the Bastian Schweinsteigerdebate: Is he going to be any good at Manchester United? Has he still got the legs?

    The 31-year-old German midfielder has been speaking to MUTV about his debut at Old Trafford on Saturday - and about his fitness...

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

     "It was a special day for me on Saturday. I’d played twice at Old Trafford before in the Champions League but this was something new. The support is huge.

    "Also the game was very important to play 30 minutes. I’m getting better and I hope I will be 100 per cent fit in the next week."  

  31. Cotter extends term

    Rugby Union

    Scotland coach Vern Cotter extends his contract until 2017, the Scottish Rugby Union announces.

  32. Southampton Virgil van Dijk

    Football

    Southampton have been in discussions with Celtic over the potential signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, BBC Scotland has learned.

    No offer has yet been made but the 24-year-old Dutchman is one of many targets Saints are pursuing as they look to recruit one more central defender before the transfer window closes.

    Virgil van Dijk
  33. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    It's going from bad to worse for England at Canterbury - they're now four wickets down having made just 61 chasing Australia's first-innings total of 274.

    You can follow it all here.

  34. Rooney to captain GB

    Athletics

    British Athletics names Martyn Rooney as captain of the British Athletics 63-strong team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

    The 28-year-old was only selected following an appeal.

    "I'm happy that my appeal was successful," Rooney said at the time. "Now I can focus on preparing for the world championships and representing Great Britain to the best of my ability."

    British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "I feel that Martyn is the perfect person for this role as he commands the respect of all his teammates and has the invaluable experience of competing in Beijing previously."

  35. Your sporting myths

    Join the conversation using #bbcsportsday

    Sergio Ramos

    Today we're asking: What sporting myths have you heard of? Are they rubbish or is there some element of truth to them? 

    Chris Benson: Sporting myth that Sergio Ramos ever wanted anything other than a new contract this summer!  

    Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  36. Hartlepool unsure of Moore return date

    Football

    Assistant manager Sam Collins is unsure if he is preparing Hartlepool United for Saturday's trip to York City, with boss Ronnie Moore in Spain with his ill daughter.

    Collins took charge of Pools' 1-0 League Cup win at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday in Moore's absence.

    "It's been not a nice few days but that win is for Ronnie and his family," Collins told BBC Tees.

  37. 'England in toughest World Cup pool'

    Rugby Union

    England's World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson says the team's path through the toughest group in the competition's history is fraught with danger.

    England face Fiji, Wales and Australia in Pool A.

    "It's the toughest pool there has ever been in a World Cup and someone will be going home early," said Johnson, who captained the successful 2003 side.

    "Whoever loses England v Wales, their next game becomes a must win. They'll have to beat Australia just to stay in the tournament.

  38. Preston sign Kirkland

    Football

    Championship club Preston North End have signed goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on a one-year contract. The 34-year-old rejected an offer to stay at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the summer.

  39. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    England have lost a third wicket after Heather Knight drives loosely at a Sarah Coyte full ball and finds Meg Lanning at first slip.

    The score has moved to 37-3, with England trailing Australia by 237 runs.

    Follow the live text here.

  40. Formula 1

  41. Brentford postpone Blues match

    Football

    Brentford statement: "Brentford’s Championship match against Birmingham City will not take place next Tuesday. The match has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday 29 September.

    "The decision has been taken due to the current condition of the playing surface at Griffin Park. The club believe the best way to ensure it is at a high standard for the rest of the 2015-16 season is to relay it as soon as possible."

  42. On this day

    1936: American Marjorie Gestring became the youngest winner of an individual Olympic gold medal when she won the springboard diving title at the Berlin Games at the age of 13 years and 286 days.

    1960: American long-jumper Ralph Boston set a new world record with a leap of 8.21m, breaking the mark of 8.13m set by Jesse Owens 25 years earlier.

    2004: France playmaker Zinedine Zidane announced his retirement from international football. The World Cup winner reversed his decision a year later.

    2012: Anthony Joshua brought a thrilling end to the Olympic boxing tournament with a countback victory over Roberto Cammarelle to win gold but Fred Evans was forced to settle for a silver medal after losing a wide 17-9 decision to Kazakh Serik Sapiyev in their men's welterweight final.

  43. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    We are talking sporting myths today. Send us your suggestions on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  44. Birthdays

    Pete Sampras (tennis) - seven-time Wimbledon winner, with 14 Grand Slam wins in total, born 1971.

    Jesper Gronkjaer (football) - former Chelsea and Denmark winger, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 season, born 1977.

    Djibril Cisse (football) - former Liverpool and QPR striker, now with Reunion side JS Saint-Pierroise, born 1981.

    Klaas Jan Huntelaar (football) - Schalke's Holland striker, born 1983.

    Danny Graham (football) - Sunderland striker, born 1985.

  45. Football

    Was it Yaya Toure's goal or David Silva's?

    City beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday. Their first goal was scored by Toure whose shot appeared to take a slight deflection off Silva before going through defender Craig Dawson's legs and trickling over the line.  

  46. Wanchope loses his cool

    Football

    Paulo Wanchope

    If you haven't yet watched the footage of former Derby and Manchester City striker Paulo Wanchope's pitch-side brawl in Panama, you can check it out here.

    The Costa Rica manager was watching his nation's Under-23 side play an Olympic qualifier against Panama on Tuesday, and retaliated after being pushed.

  47. Greenwood pessimistic about Wales chances

    Rugby Union

    Wales rugby

    Former England and Lions centre and 2003 World Cup winner Will Greenwood doesn't believe Wales will qualify for the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup.

    "It's been three and a half years since Wales won at Twickenham, and we [England] have not lost to a northern hemisphere side there since 2012. We do OK against Australia," he said.

    Wales lost their warm-up match to Ireland 35-21 last week.

  48. Westwood signs new Villa deal

    Football

    Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood signs a new five-year contract at the club. 

    "I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I first walked through the door," the 25-year-old says. 

    "I believe I'm now entering what I hope will be the peak years of my career and I look forward to spending them here."

  49. Romeu close to Southampton move

    Football

    Southampton are trying to complete the permanent signing of Chelsea defensive midfielder Oreu Romeu today, reports BBC Radio Solent Sport. 

    Oreo Romeu

    Let's all hope the Saints write something into his contract about that shocking hairstyle...

  50. Question of Sport teaser answer

    Earlier, we asked: Cristiano Ronaldo and which five other Portuguese players have made over 100 Premier League appearances?

    Answers: Luis Boa Morte, Nani, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho and Jose Bosingwa.

    How did you do?

  51. Grealish back in training

    Football

    Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish picked up a hamstring injury during the club's pre-season tour of Portugal and missed the opening day victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.  

  52. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    England were going oh so well after lunch on day two of the Ashes Test against Australia, but now two wickets have fallen in a matter of minutes. 

    First Lauren Winfield is out for one run and then Sarah Taylor is dismissed first ball - a golden duck. 

    Can England steady the ship? Find out here. They are 8-2, chasing a first-innings total of 266.

  53. Terriers heading for a 'dogfight'?

    Football

    Chris Powell

    Huddersfield boss Chris Powell believes his team have to start getting results or will find themselves in "a dogfight".

    The Terriers lost 2-1 to League Two club Notts County in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, after losing 2-0 at Hull City on the opening day of the Championship season.

    "They're good enough but they need to get going now or we find ourselves in a dogfight," Powell told BBC Radio Leeds. "We have to come out fighting and show some character."

  54. Football

  55. Balzaretti to retire from football

    Football

    Federico Balzaretti
    Image caption: Federico Balzaretti (left) played against England at Euro 2012

    Italy full-back Federico Balzaretti is retiring because of a long-standing groin injury.

    The injury kept the Roma defender off the field for a year and a half.

    "It was a difficult decision to take but I can't continue playing if I'm not at 100%," said the 33-year-old.

    Balzaretti, who played 16 times for Italy, including at Euro 2012, will join Roma's coaching staff.

  56. Football - the global game

    I guess this sort of thing comes with the territory of being a Manchester United player - but I still find myself surprised that people are actually using paper...

    Doesn't everybody just Snapchat now? (Whatever that is...)

    Morgan Schneiderlin letters
    Morgan Schneiderlin letters

    And speaking of dedicated postmen, this story from one of our correspondents in Mali is well worth a read.

  57. Tennis

    See the 11:41 entry.

  58. Enrique feels 'alienated' by Liverpool

    Football

    Liverpool defender Jose Enrique

    Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique wants to stay at the club and fight for a starting place despite being "alienated" by manager Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool Echo reports.

    The 29-year-old Spaniard, entering the final year of his contract at Anfield, was left out of the club's pre-season preparations along with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini.

    Enrique has been linked with a move to West Brom.

    "I'm in a difficult position," said the Spaniard. "The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me."

  59. Athletics

  60. Romeu set to join Southampton?

    Football

    The Independent reports that the 23-year-old defensive midfielder is set to move to the Saints.

  61. Ramos to sign Real extension?

    Football gossip

    Sergio Ramos

    Are there any Manchester United fans still holding out in the hope of signing defender Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid? 

    Well it's looking increasingly unlikely to happen - various Spanish media outlets are reporting the 29-year-old is set to sign a new five-year contract at Madrid. 

    Sports newspaper AS say it's pretty much wrapped up already, and that there'll be a presentation at the Bernabeu on Monday. 

    Do players do keepy-uppies in front of the fans if it's just extending a deal?

  62. Kaka praises Coutinho

    Football

    Philippe Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho is capable of great things at Liverpool and can play the role that Steven Gerrard played for the Premier League side, according to former Brazil international Kaka.

    Brazilian Coutinho scored a brilliant 25-yard strike in the 86th minute to hand Liverpool a 1-0 win over Premier League rivals Stoke on Sunday.

    "I have been a big admirer of Coutinho and he can be a very important player for Liverpool and Brazil," Kaka, who plays for Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC, told the Mirror.

  63. Football

  64. Sterling predicts tight contest

    Football

    Raheem Sterling

    Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says the Premier League title race to be a very closely fought affair this season.

    "It's going to be a really tough season," said the 20-year-old winger, who made his City debut in Monday's 3-0 win over West Brom.

    "Everyone has strengthened their squads and the Premier League is always hard to second guess."

    "Chelsea are very strong in every department from their defence and midfield to their attack, but it should be a good game and I'm really looking forward to playing in this match," he added, with City set to play the Blues next Sunday.

  65. Chelsea doctor to lose bench role

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    SMS Message: Jose Mourinho's comments on Eva Carneiro were inexcusable and possibly defamatory. He also said he 'knew' Hazard wasn't really hurt (read: he admits Hazard was feigning injury). So Hazard can waste time but it's 'naive' of the medical staff to treat a seemingly hurt player? Further, his comments on understanding the game and (if true) the reports of a demotion for Carneiro but only minor changes for Jon Fearn (the physio) give the impression of sexism. Unfortunately this is nothing new for Carneiro given the disgusting chants she has to endure at the Etihad, Old Trafford, the Emirates and other grounds. from Ben, London
    Ben, London
    Eva Carneiro

    This is the news Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is set to lose her place on the bench for Sunday's trip to Manchester City after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues boss said his medical staff were "naive" for treating Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea.

    Carneiro will continue to be Chelsea's first-team doctor but her role at the club will be significantly changed, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

  66. Ashes Question of Sport Special

    What are you up to tonight? 

    Fancy basking in a bit of Ashes glory? (We should probably enjoy it while it lasts, right?)

    An Ashes Question of Sport Special is on BBC One tonight at 22:35 BST.

    Regular captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are joined by former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath and ex-England spinner Graeme Swann.  

    Question of Sport
  67. Arsenal suffer injury blow?

    Football

    Tomas Rosicky

    Another potential injury blow for Arsenal as reports in the Czech Republic suggest midfielder Tomas Rosicky could miss the next two months after undergoing knee surgery. 

    The 34-year-old's agent told idnes.cz Rosicky had the operation on Tuesday - with the recovery time expected to be between four and eight weeks.

    Fellow Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere had already suffered a hairline fracture to his right ankle and could be out for another six to seven weeks.

  68. Women's Ashes update

    Cricket

    England wasted little time in striking for their first wicket in Canterbury after this morning's rain delay -  Jess Jonassen falls on 99, one run short of a century on her Test debut.

    And Australia have now declared on 274-9.

    England to face a tricky 10 minutes before Lunch then...

    You can follow it all here.

  69. De Bruyne to Manchester City?

    Football gossip

    Kevin De Bruyne

    What's the latest in the Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City transfer saga then?

    Last night the Manchester Evening News were reporting that City remain hopeful of seeing a £46m bid for the midfielder accepted by Wolfsburg. 

    The German club announced yesterday that De Bruyne had missed training and was in his native Belgium on "private grounds", with the Bundesliga season set to start this weekend. 

    Would he do better at City than he did at Chelsea?  

    You can catch up on all the football gossip here.

  70. New signings need time - Wigan boss

    Football

    Wigan Athletic will improve when their host of new signings settle into the club, says boss Gary Caldwell.

    The Latics, who were relegated from the Championship last season, lost 2-0 to Coventry in their opening League One game and were beaten at home by Bury in the League Cup on Tuesday.

    "Once it all clicks into gear, I'm sure we'll be a really exciting team that is very attack-minded team and scores a lot of goals," said Caldwell.

  71. Your sporting myths

    Join the conversation using #bbcsportsday

    England

    Today we're asking: What sporting myths have you heard of? Are they rubbish or is there some element of truth to them? 

    Mo: Greatness is determined by what you do on the international stage. Try and tell to Messi.

    Mark Lynch: Myth - Kane to Man U! Why would we sell our only striker and face of club to a club Levy has refused to sell to in last 5 years?

    Richard: Gerrard, Lampard Ferdinand etc were world class and England's golden era that failed to fufill potential. Always came up short against true world class opposition.  

    Yeah, but what if that goal had gone in Rich? We at least could have lost on penalties...

    Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  72. A ball has been bowled!

    Cricket

    Play has finally got under way after a rain delay on day two of the Women's Ashes Test between England and Australia in Canterbury. 

    There's half an hour to go before cucumber sandwiches - follow our live text here.

  73. 'The Roofe is on fire'

    Football

    Kemar Roofe

    Did you see Kemar Roofe's stunner for Oxford United in their 4-0 win away to Brentford in the League Cup last night? 

    "Originally I was going to hit it first time but, I could see out of the corner of my eye that the keeper was off his line, so I thought I'd take a touch to compose myself," the 22-year-old told BBC Radio Oxford.

    You can catch up on all of Tuesday night's League Cup upsets (there were seven big ones), here.

  74. Rain delays Ashes day two start

    Cricket

    Over in Canterbury, we're still waiting for the first delivery of the second day of the Ashes Test between England and Australia. 

    The covers are off though and play is expected to get under way at 12:30 BST...

    Hopefully that won't stop your photos of 'Office Cricket' coming in... click here for all the latest - on and off the pitch.

  75. Lehmann defends 'families' decision

    Cricket

    Australian wives and girlfriends
    Image caption: Australia lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs

    Darren Lehmann has apologised for Australia's Ashes defeat but refuted claims the players' wives or girlfriends were to blame.

    Former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy was among those to suggest that allowing wives, girlfriends and children on the tour had hampered preparation.

    "Some of the guys in our squad have schedules that have meant they've been at home for a total of three or four days since the Boxing Day Test last December - less than a week in more than seven months," he said.

    "There is no way, as coach of the Australian cricket team, that I am going to oversee a set-up that doesn't welcome wives, girlfriends, children and other family members when our players and staff are spending that length of time travelling.

  76. Carneiro to lose place on bench

    Football

    Eva Carneiro

    This is the news Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is set to lose her place on the bench for Sunday's trip to Manchester City after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues boss said his medical staff were "naive" for treating Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea.

    Carneiro will continue to be Chelsea's first-team doctor but her role at the club will be significantly changed, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

  77. Backe named Finland coach

    Football

    Hans Backe, 63, has been named as Finland's new head coach.

    The Swede previously managed FC Copenhagen, which under his stewardship won three Danish championships, and acted as a deputy coach at Manchester City in 2007-2008.

    He will take up his new post at the start of 2016.

  78. FA announces £260m grassroots investment

    Football

    The Football Association announces it is to spend £260m on the grassroots game over the next four years - an increase of £60m on the previous four-year period.

    Chief executive Martin Glenn said the FA had identified "facilities, coaching, participation and developing the football workforce", as "four key areas" for investment.

    The FA hopes the investment will help develop better players and improve training facilities. 

  79. Nugent close to sealing Boro move

    Football

    David Nugent

    Radio Leicester's Jason Bourne: "The Leicester City striker David Nugent is close to completing his move to Middlesbrough.

    "The two clubs agreed a fee of around four million pounds for the 30-year-old at the weekend.

    "We understand he's on the verge of signing a three-year deal at the Riverside."

  80. Colchester's Walker may be out for season

    Football

    Sam Walker

    Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker could be out for the rest of the season after suffering suspected cruciate ligament damage.

    The 23-year-old was carried off on a stretcher during Tuesday's 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat by Reading.

    "We understand it's a cruciate ligament so that's probably the season for Sam," U's manager Tony Humes told BBC Essex.

  81. Glasgow to host GB semi

    Tennis

    Glasgow's Emirates Arena has been chosen as host for Great Britain's World Group semi-final against Australia, which is being held between 18 and 20 September.

    GB defeated USA in an earlier round at the venue.

    Andy Murray celebrates victory over John Isner

    Andy Murray, who defeated Americans John Isner and Donald Young in that clash, said: "It's exciting for the team to be going back to Glasgow.

    "It's always special to play in front of a home crowd and we are fortunate to have played our last three ties at home.

    "We had a unique atmosphere in Glasgow, the crowd was unbelievable. It's going to be a huge week for our team and we'll be doing everything we can to get GB through to the final."

    GB were going to play the semi at the Manchester Arena, but their hopes were scuppered by Florence and the Machine. The Lawn Tennis Association failed to persuade the indie band to change the date of their show at the Arena.

  82. Your sporting myths

    Join the conversation using #bbcsportsday

    Nicolas Anelka

    Today we're asking: What sporting myths have you heard of? Are they rubbish or is there some element of truth to them? 

    Sam Dulledge: Vettel's 4 World Titles being all down to the car?  

    Forsberg10: Biggest sporting myth. Arsenal are 1-2 players short of winning the league.

    Ian Massey: Anelka was a sulker and lazy. When at Bolton, Anelka was the consummate pro and always worked hard for the team.

    Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.   

  83. Sporting birthdays

    Football

    A bit of football nostalgia now - Italian club Juventus are celebrating former centre-back Francesco Morini's 70th birthday today.

    There he is up top, with Johan Cruyff to his left. Now that is the face of a man who's done a lot of worrying about letting his marker slip away. 

    And is it just me or were players far skinner back in the 1970s? Cruyff wouldn't cut it at Stoke on a Tuesday night... and speaking of footballing myths...

  84. Wednesday's back pages

    Football

    Corriere dello Sport

    Serie A club Juventus are targeting Chelsea midfielder Ramires, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

    The 28-year-old was an unused substitute in Chelsea's 2-2 draw at home to Swansea on Saturday - but surely he's too valuable a player for the Blues to lose?

  85. Eintracht sign Serbia winger

    Football

    Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt sign winger Mijat Gacinovic, who won the Under-20 World Cup with Serbia in June, on a four-year contract.

  86. Pedro to Manchester? But which Manchester?

    Football gossip

    Pedro

    What's this? Could Pedro be on his way to Manchester City rather than Manchester United?

    According to Marca, City director Txiki Begiristain has been making enquiries about the forward at his old club Barcelona.

    The Spanish newspaper says City gave an indication they would be willing to pay more than United for the 28-year-old - and this morning bookmaker bwin.com have slashed the odds on Pedro choosing sky blue over red from 50/1 to 4/1...

  87. Pitch inspection at Canterbury

    Cricket

    So we could see some play in day two of the Women's Ashes Test between England and Australia after all.

  88. Tindall to get nose fixed

    Rugby Union

    Mike Tindall

    Former England rugby star Mike Tindall is set to get his nose fixed.

    The ex-Bath and Gloucester player, 36, says he can no longer breathe properly.

    "I don't really want to get it fixed but it looks like I might have to because I can't actually breathe very well. I guess it's something similar to a pug," he told the Daily Mirror.

  89. Rain delays Ashes day two start

    Cricket

    Rain is delaying the start of play in day two of the Women's Ashes test. 

    Head over here for the latest from our live text commentary.

    And you can also tune in to BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra for Test Match Special.

  90. Bolton strikers lacked composure - Lennon

    Football

    Bolton were one of several Championship clubs to exit the League Cup at the first-round stage last night.

    Wanderers were beaten 1-0 at home by League One side Burton, and manager Neil Lennon pinpointed a lack of composure from his strikers - Zach Clough and Gary Madine - as a major reason for their loss.

    "I can't put it in for them as much as I'd love to, so they've got to improve on their finishing pretty quickly," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

  91. Your sporting myths

    #bbcsportsday

    We are asking what sporting myths have you heard of? Are they rubbish or is there some element of truth to them? Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Read more on this website.

  92. Uruguay player receives damages

    Football

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has awarded "moral damages" of around $60,000 (£38,544) to a football player whose contract was suspended while he was treated for cancer.

    FIFPro, the global players' union, says the ruling in favour of Sebastian Ariosa of Uruguay is "a great result".

    The court said Paraguayan club Olimpia caused Ariosa "angst and insecurity" when it suspended his five-year contract in 2013 while he underwent chemotherapy in Uruguay.

    CAS awarded Ariosa 7% percent of the total contract value as "moral damages.''

  93. Wanchope loses his cool

    Football

    When Paulo Wanchope dines out in the Derby area, he very rarely has to foot the bill himself.

    Paulo Wanchope

    There are some goals you just don't forget - and Wanchope's strike at Manchester United in 1997 is up there with them.   

    But the 39-year-old, now manager of his native Costa Rica, was involved in a spot of bother at an U23 fixture in Panama last night. 

    Local media are reporting that Wanchope reacted violently to being restrained by a stadium official when he tried to enter the field after full time.

    It's certainly got people talking - here's a graphic showing terms discussed on social media in central America last night:

    Paulo Wanchope trend map
  94. McCormick joins FA board

    Football

    Peter McCormick is appointed by Premier League clubs to represent the top flight on the Football Association board and the FA council.

    He is now one of two Premier League representatives on the board, the other being Manchester United director David Gill.

    McCormick is a solicitor and was acting chairman of the Premier League from March 2014 to June 2015.

  95. India bowlers on top in Galle

    Cricket

    Sri Lanka did 'recover' from 65-5 at lunch to be eventually bowled out for 183 on Wednesday in the first Test against India. It's definitely the tourists on top at this stage.

  96. Toure hits back at critics

    Football

    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he was "unfairly" criticised last season for a perceived dip in form.

    The 32-year-old scored against West Brom as City strolled to a 3-0 win in their Premier League opener.

    "I'm quite surprised. Last season was not the best, but second in the table is not bad," he said.

    "There has been a lot of criticism about me but it was not a bad season. Twelve goals and I won the Copa (Africa Cup of Nations) for Ivory Coast. I know what I want, I know what I have to do. I don't care what people are saying about me."

  97. Post update

  98. Question of Sport teaser

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo and which five other Portuguese players have made over 100 Premier League appearances?

    We will reveal the answer at 14:00 BST.

  99. Arsenal considering Krychowiak bid

    Football gossip

    Grzegorz Krychowiak.

    The Daily Telegraph are also reporting that Arsenal are considering making a £22m bid for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

    Scouts flew out to watch the 25-year-old in last night's 5-4 defeat by Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup, apparently.

    Do Arsenal still need a defensive midfielder? Gunners fans will presumably still be hoping a certain Mr Benzema arrives before the transfer window closes, too...

  100. England thrash Wales

    Netball

    Tamsin Greenway
    Image caption: Tamsin Greenway was recalled to the starting line-up for England's win over Wales

    For those who missed updates from England's Netball World Cup win over Wales, here's the full report.

    The 78-33 victory means that Wales' World Cup hopes have all but ended.

  101. Bundesliga is back!

    Football

    Well, it nearly is anyway. 

    Bayern Munich are up first on Friday night - Pep Guardiola's side are at home to Hamburg, who avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season (last-minute goal in a two-legged play-off anyone?). 

  102. Tottenham closing on Njie signing?

    Football

    Clinton Njie

    Both L'Equipe and the Daily Telegraph say Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Lyon's Cameroon international forward Clinton N'Jie for an initial £10m. 

    The 21-year-old scored seven goals as Lyon finished second in Ligue 1 last season, providing eight assists over his 30 league appearances.

  103. Women's Ashes

    Cricket

    A reminder that Test Match Special from day two of the Women's Ashes Test between England and Australia gets under way at about 10:25 BST this morning. 

    You can listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

    Australia, leading the points-based series 4-2, ended yesterday on 268-8.

    Four points will be awarded to the winners of the four-day Test, with three Twenty20s to follow.  

  104. Wednesday's back pages

    L'Equipe

    There's a big Lyon smile from club president Jean-Michel Aulas on the front page of L'Equipe today - the French club are celebrating their capture of attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena from Dynamo Moscow.

  105. Your sporting myths

    What sporting myths have you heard of? Are they claptrap or is there some element of truth to them? Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Read more on this website.

  106. Advocaat backs M'Vila

    Football

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is confident new loan signing Yann M'Vila can put his controversial introduction to English football behind him and "make a big difference" to the team

    The French midfielder was sent off for headbutting Norwich Under-21 forward Jamar Loza during his club debut on Sunday.

    "He is a quick thinker. He will make a big difference to the team," Advocaat told the Chronicle.

  107. Farah to defend GNR title

    Athletics

    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah will defend his title in the Great North Run next month, organisers have announced.

    The double Olympic champion will bid to become only the second Briton to win the prestigious half marathon race, which takes place on 13 September, for a second time.

  108. Wednesday's back pages

    AS front page

    Spanish paper AS also leads on Barcelona's Uefa Super Cup victory - but there's another line on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, too.

    Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez is happy with his goalkeeping options for now and is prepared to pick up the 24-year-old on a free when his contract expires at the end of next season, apparently.

    In terms of replacements for Iker Casillas, Real have already got Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla from Espanyol. No worries if you're planning on keeping those old Casillas shirts, then...

  109. Your sporting myths

    #bbcsportsday

    What other sporting myths have you heard of? Are they claptrap or is there some element of truth to them? Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    You might want to take a quick read of this, doctor...

  110. Sri Lanka collapse in first Test

    Cricket

    Kumar Sangakkara
    Image caption: Kumar Sangakkara falls to Ravichandran Ashwin

    Sri Lanka have 'done an Australia' by collapsing to 65-5 at lunch on the first day of the first Test against India despite winning the toss. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken three wickets for the visitors.

  111. Townsend 'wanted by three Premier clubs'

    Football

  112. Your sporting myths

    #bbcsportsday

    Bojan Krkić, John Terry and Mesut Ozil
    Image caption: Are Stoke a long-ball team?

    How good is Chelsea's defence?

    What about Mesut Ozil? Is the Arsenal midfielder really as lazy as so many people seem to claim?

    Are Stoke a long-ball team?

    What other sporting myths have you heard of? Are they claptrap or is there some element of truth to them? Send us your examples using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text in on 81111 or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Read more on this website.

  113. 'A superhero called Pedro'

    Wednesday's back pages

    Pedro

    Spanish sports newspaper Marca leads on Pedro's winning goal in Barcelona's 5-4 victory over Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup this morning.

    Has the 28-year-old played his last game for Barca? Is he set for a move to Manchester United?

    It's "complicated", apparently...

  114. Wednesday's back pages

  115. Wednesday's back pages

    The Independent

    The Independent reports, as others have, that Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is set to lose her place on the bench for Sunday's trip to Manchester City after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

  116. Wednesday's back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun leads with a story that the opening weekend of the Premier League featured the fewest number of English players ever.

  117. Naholo 'broken leg healed'

    Rugby Union

    This is quite a story.

    Apparently New Zealand wing Waisake Naholo has declared himself back in the running for a World Cup spot, despite breaking his leg on his debut against Argentina last month.

    The 24-year-old was told he would be out for three months, but according to the Fiji Times, Naholo contacted an uncle in Fiji, who specialises in traditional medicine, and after treatment the injury has been healed.

    The player is reportedly doing light exercises.

  118. Full-time: England 78-33 Wales

    Netball World Cup

    England keep their semi-final hopes alive with a dominant victory over Wales, who almost certainly miss out on the medal places.

    Just a small matter of world and Commonwealth champions Australia up next for the Welsh side, while England's final group game is against South Africa on Friday.

  119. Pedro for the Premier League?

    Football

    Pedro
    Image caption: Pedro scored the winner as the Catalan club beat Sevilla 5-4 in the Super Cup

    Now, at 07:43 BST, we mentioned that there was more news on Barcelona's Super Cup match-winning hero Pedro.

    The 28-year-old forward wants to leave the Spanish side, according to technical secretary Robert Fernandez.

    Pedro has been linked with Manchester United, as the Premier League side look to replace Angel Di Maria.

  120. England 72-30 Wales (Q4)

    Netball World Cup

    England have provided the Sydney crowd with some decent acrobatics in the final quarter.

    First up, wing defence Serena Guthrie leaps across the court to intercept a Wales pass, does a full 360 in the air and sends the ball up court.

    And then team-mate Stacey Francis follows suit with a two-handed leap-and-grab.

    We want what they've had for breakfast.

    Stacey Francis
  121. IAAF suspends 28 athletes

    Athletics

    Elsewhere in sports news, 28 athletes who competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships have returned "adverse findings" from retested samples, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said.

    According to the world governing body, a large majority of the athletes are retired with "very few" still active.

    "The IAAF is provisionally suspending them," it said in a statement.

    There are no British athletes among those with adverse doping samples.

  122. Shaqiri lights up World Cup

    Football

    Want to know more about Stoke's new £12m signing Xherdan Shaqiri? A left-footed piledriver scored for Switzerland against Honduras at the 2014 World Cup is a good start to your education. Watch the clip here.

    Xherdan Shaqiri
  123. England 60-26 (Q3)

    Netball World Cup

    Stephanie Williams

    The stats don't lie: Wales have just had their best quarter of the game.

    Wales kept England to their lowest score over a quarter and scored 10 themselves, with Georgia Rowe the stand-out player.

    But it looks as though the Roses have this one sewn up with 15 minutes to go.

  124. Matfield to captain Springboks

    Rugby Union

    Victor Matfield returns to captain South Africa in Argentina on Saturday. He is among eight personnel changes made by coach Heyneke Meyer from the team that suffered a shock 37-25 loss to the Pumas in Durban last weekend.

    Fullback Zane Kirchner, wing Lwazi Mvovo, flyhalf Pat Lambie, loose-forward Willem Alberts, and front-rowers Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss and Trevor Nyakane have all been handed their first starts of 2015.

  125. England 56-24 Wales

    Netball World Cup

    Wales have enjoyed the better of the third quarter so far.

    The damage may already have been done in the first half, but the combination of Georgia Rowe and Sara Bell are proving a force in the shooting circle.

    Meanwhile, at the other end, Rachel Dunn goes down with a nasty looking knee injury. But a quick pop and a wiggle from the physio and she's back up and into action.

  126. Who is Xherdan Shaqiri?

    Football

    So, Stoke have added another continental star to their line-up in the form of Xherdan Shaqiri. But for those who aren't aware of his work, here are a few stats to cast an eye over:

    • Nationality: Swiss
    • Age: 23
    • Position: Midfield
    • Career goals: 26
    • Clubs: Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, FC Basel
    • Trophy highlights: 1 Champions League, 1 Uefa Super Cup, 2 Bundesliga titles, 3 Swiss Super League titles
    Xherdan Shaqiri
  127. Post update

  128. Shaqiri finally joins Stoke

    Football

    Xherdan Shaqiri
    Image caption: Xherdan Shaqiri joined Inter Milan from German champions Bayern Munich in January

    It's the 'will he, won't he' saga that dominated the thoughts of... well... Stoke fans.

    The Potters finally completed the signing of winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for a club-record fee of £12m, on Tuesday.

    The 23-year-old Switzerland international, who has 46 caps, was at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as Stoke lost 1-0 to Liverpool. The club had pulled out of a move for Shaqiri a month earlier.

    Read more here.

  129. England 47-19 Wales (Q3)

    Netball World Cup

    Yet more changes for both sides in the third quarter.

    Rachel Dunn - a genetic scientist by day - is on at goal shooter, while vice-captain Pamela Cookey enters the court at goal attack, with Stacey Francis on at wing defence.

    PE teacher Sara Bell is the only addition for Wales as she comes into the attack.

  130. England 42-16 Wales (HT)

    Netball World Cup

    Tamsin Greenway

    England are well and truly in control at half-time - leading 42-16.

    The Roses' strike force of Jo Harten and Helen Housby have remained steady under the posts with 95% accuracy.

    And while Wales look promising going forward, the England defence are containing them well.

    Second half to follow shortly.

  131. Ex-Liverpool keeper scores with backheel

    Football

    Martin Hansen
    Image caption: Goalkeeper Martin Hansen used to be at Liverpool, but never managed an appearance for them

    Heard about the keeper who scored with a backheel volley?

    It happened in the Dutch Eredivisie when former Liverpool goalkeeper Martin Hansen scored a spectacular injury-time goal for ADO Den Haag in their opening league fixture against PSV Eindhoven.

    Hansen, 25, went up for a corner with his side 2-1 down, volleying in a backheel to rescue a point.

  132. Post update

  133. League Cup shocks

    Football

    Burton
    Image caption: Burton were 1-0 victors at Bolton while Notts County triumphed at Huddersfield

    What a night in the League Cup - seven Championship sides were knocked out by lower-league clubs!

    Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 at home to League One side Shrewsbury, while Brentford were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Oxford United of League Two.

    Bristol City lost 3-1 at Luton,Nottingham Forest lost 4-3 to Walsall, while Burnley lost 1-0 to Port Vale.

    And to round off the night, Burton were 1-0 victors at Bolton and Notts County triumphed 2-1 at Huddersfield.

    Read the full round-up on this website.

  134. England 31-11 Wales (Q2)

    Netball World Cup

    Rosanna Pretorius

    Changes are afoot in the second quarter.

    England bring on Sara Bayman at centre, as Jade Clarke moves to wing defence and captain Geva Mentor is at goal keeper.

    In the Wales team, Rosanna Pretorius comes on at goalkeeper, Kelly Morgan is at goal defence, Suzy Drane moves to wing defence, Kyra Jones switches to centre and 20-year-old Georgia Rowe is on as shooter.

    And it's now 31-11 to England with nine minutes to go before half-time.

  135. Nine-goal thriller in Tbilisi

    Football

    Barcelona v Sevilla
    Image caption: Barcelona won the Uefa Super Cup for the first time since 2011

    Now then. You might be aware that there was a Uefa match of some significance on last night between Champions League winners Barcelona and Europa League champions side Sevilla.

    It did not disappoint as Barcelona defeated their La Liga rivals 5-4 after extra-time with substitute Pedro grabbing the winner.

    More on Pedro in a bit...

    Read the match report and analysis on this website.

  136. England 23-8 Wales (Q1)

    Netball World Cup

    The first quarter has ended and England have a comfortable 23-8 lead - with goal shooter Jo Harten sinking 19 goals from 19 attempts.

    Can Wales respond and keep themselves in the mix for the semi-final places?

  137. Barton responds to deal U-turn

    Football

    Joey Barton

    What a last couple of days for Joey Barton. The 32-year-old midfielder, released by QPR in the summer, was on the verge of joining West Ham.

    But following fans' protests, the club pulled out of the deal. It led to Barton recording a video message, in response.

    "I'd just like to thank the West Ham fans who sent me a lot of kind messages on social media," he said.

    "Obviously with a character like myself, there's always one or two who are not so kind or complimentary. That's part of the course with me these days."

  138. England 20-5 Wales (Q1)

    Netball

    After an early time-out, and talking to from coach Trish Wilcox, Wales have returned to court and improved.

    They've broken their duck and scored five past England, but they have one big problem: defender Sonia Mkoloma.

    The 36-year-old England veteran, competing in her fifth World Cup, is not letting anything past her.

    Sonia Mkoloma
  139. Wednesday's gossip column

    Elsewhere, these lines might whet the appetite.

    • Manchester United have been told to forget about signing Harry Kane this summer, with Tottenham adamant they will not sell the 22-year-old striker. (Guardian)
    • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a £22m bid for 25-year-old Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. (Daily Telegraph)
    • Manchester City want Kevin De Bruyne to say he wants to join them as they step up their interest in the 24-year-old Belgian playmaker. (Manchester Evening News)

    These and much, much more in Wednesday's Gossip Column.

  140. England 7-0 Wales (Q1)

    Netball World Cup

    England have made a blistering start in Sydney.

    The world number three side are producing some slick moves down the court and have opened up a seven-goal lead after four minutes.

    When Wales are getting it forward, they lose composure in the final third.

  141. Wednesday's back pages

    So which transfer story dominates the back pages of Wednesday's papers?

    Well, it's not a transfer story but the saga involving Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro who is set to lose her place on the bench for Sunday's trip to Manchester City after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues boss said his medical staff were "naive" for treating Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea.

    Daily Mail
    Image caption: Daily Mail back page
  142. England v Wales - Line-ups

    Netball World Cup

    England make three changes to the team that started their defeat by Australia.

    Helen Housby - the youngest player in the squad - replaces Pamela Cookey at goal attack, Sonia Mkoloma returns to goal defence and Tamsin Greenway starts at wing attack.

    Wales, meanwhile, make two changes from with loss against South Africa as Nichola James and Lateisha Kidner come in.

  143. England v Wales (07:20 BST)

    Netball

    Australia v England
    Image caption: England lost to Australia on Tuesday

    Hello. Live sport never sleeps.

    We have a breakfast treat as England face Wales at the Netball World Cup.

    Both these teams lost their opening second-round pool matches so defeat would all but eliminate them from the competition.

    That match begins at 07:20 BST.